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High School in Atlanta. McVay became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history when he was hired by the Rams in 2017 at the age of 30.

To get into the Super Bowl this year, McVay and the Rams had to defeat the 49ers and his old friend Kyle Shanahan, which brings about the question of whether or not Shanahan has the monkey on his back. He was the offensive coordinator for the Falcons when Atlanta went to the Super Bowl in 2017 with the Falcons who got off to a 21-3 lead but wound up losing the game in the most unlikely comeback in Super Bowl history.

Then in 2020 Shanahan coached San Francisco to the Super Bowl, but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-20. In the NFC championship game, a little more than a week ago, the 49ers lost to the Rams, 20-17 to lose an opportunity to play in the 2022 Super Bowl.

You would think that San Francisco has things in place to continue to make a run in the playoffs, but you never know, as Tom Weiskopf said, if they will have another opportunity. We know the story of quarterback Jim Kelly losing four Super Bowls and Fran Tarkenton missing out on a ring in three trips to the big game. We are aware that Ted Williams never won a World Series ring, that Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson, never won the PGA, the only major title to escape them.

Then there is Tom Brady with seven Super Bowl rings. That is a record that will never be broken. You don’t have to have any credentials to make that statement. You can put that one up with Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak and Ted Williams batting .400.

Lady Luck has never smiled on an athlete more than with Brady. No NFL franchise has ever won that many rings. The game will change so much moving forward that it is unlikely that anybody will ever come close to surpassing what he has done.

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